God told Abraham in Genesis 12:2,
“I will bless you ... and you will be a blessing”.
This is the first law of blessing: It must flow outwardly.
How do you bless others?
By serving a need, whether it is physical or emotional support,
financial help, or practical advice.
"Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand" Philippians 1:4
God promises that if we will concentrate on blessing others,
He’ll take care of our needs.
There’s almost nothing that God won’t do for the person
who really wants to help other people.
In fact, God guarantees this blessing.
In Luke 18, Jesus says:
“I guarantee this. Anyone who gives up anything for the kingdom of God
will certainly receive many times more in this life
and will receive eternal life in the next world to come.”
When you care about helping other people,
God assumes responsibility for your problems.
And that’s a real blessing, for He’s much better
at handling your difficulties than you are.
The more you bless other people
and the more you help others,
the more God blesses your life.
Luke 6:38 tells us:
“Give away your life; you’ll find life given back,
but not merely given back — given back with bonus and blessing”.
You cannot out-give God.
The more you try to bless other people in the world around you,
the more God says, “I’m going to pour blessings out on you.
There is a little challange here. Let’s see who will win.
Let’s see who can give the most.
The more you bless others, the more He is going to bless you in return.”
Jesus said it this way in Luke 12:
“Much is required from the person to whom much is given;
much more is required from the person to whom much more is given”.
We are blessed to be a blessing.
REMEMBER WELL THAT:
Our blessings should flow to others, first.
So when we bless others, God takes care of our needs.
Then Our blessings to others will come back on us.
The more we’re blessed by God, the more He expects us to help others.
The most famous man of I loss I can think of is Job of ancient times. There is a whole Old Testament book dedicated to his loss. Like 41 chapters of loss. He lost his home, his flocks, his children (all of them), his wife turned her back on him and his friends were absolutely miserable comfort. After all the tragedy that rocked Job’s world the story ends like this:
…the Lord restored his fortunes.
In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before!
Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”
Today if you are struggling to embrace joy in the middle of your loss begin by letting go of the guilt that keeps you from taking a step in joy’s direction. Let go and allow God to bless you. Allow God’s glory to be revealed. We can still have our moments of sorrow, but even in the sorrow, there can be joy.
David knew tribulation. David knew my tribulation.
He said, The righteous person faces many troubles.
When you face these troubles DO this:
Boast only in the Lord
Exalt His name
Look to Him for help
Because as David tells us in Psalm 34:18
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
“If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow
all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God
will set you high above all the nations on earth.
All these blessings will come on you and accompany you
if you obey the LORD your God.”
A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your commanded blessing.
I receive Your truth which sets me free.
Help me, by Your Spirit, to follow Your commands
so that I may live a life that brings You honor
in Jesus’ name.